How to Protect Your Eyes From the Summer Sun

Close up portrait of smiling female by the sea. With Summer in full swing at last, more and more families have headed outside to spend time at the beach. Whether Nags Head, Cape Hatteras, or Wrightsville, North Carolina offers a plethora of beautiful oceanfront locations to take full advantage of the equally beautiful weather.

While most beach visitors know to wear sunscreen to protect their skin from harmful UV radiation, many don’t realize that protecting their eyes is just as important.

How Does the Sun Threaten My Eyes?

Looking at the sun for too long can be very painful, even with sunglasses. But long-term exposure, even to a small amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation put off by the sun can inflict more severe and long-lasting effects, especially when it adds up over time (like weekend trips to the beach over the entire summer).

Exposure increases the chance of developing cataracts and macular degeneration, and cause longer-term damage to the eye’s surface tissue.

How Can I Prevent Eye Damage From Sunlight?

Sunglasses are more than a fashion statement or a way to see more easily in bright light. Quality sunglasses are the best protection, but not all sunglasses are created equal.

Consumers who are serious about their eye protection should look for sunglasses that filter 99%-100% of both UVA and UVB rays.

An additional layer of protection, such as a hat brim or shade from an umbrella, supplements sunglasses’ protection. The best shadows provide at least three inches of dimmed light around your face.

Beyond those protections, it’s best to limit direct exposure to the sun. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and major eye problems like cataracts are more difficult to treat than they are to prevent.

But if you believe you are suffering from cataracts, macular degeneration, or other serious eye conditions, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Brian J. Groat and request an appointment at 910-769-4590.

Cape Fear Cataract & Cornea in Wilmington, NC offers a full range of diagnostics and treatments for patients suffering from a variety of eye issues. Call today for treatment.

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